TemplateDoesNotExist at /catalog/books/

I’m beginner in Django. I do Django Tutorial from Mozilla.
I get TemplateDoesNotExist at /catalog/books/ . Please, help me. I don’t understand how to resolve it.


from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('', views.index, name='index'),
    path('books/', views.BookListView.as_view(), name='books'),
    path('book/<int:pk>', views.BookDetailView.as_view(), name='book-detail'),


# Used to generate URLs by reversing the URL patterns
from django.urls import reverse
from django.db import models
from django.urls import reverse
import uuid

# Create your models here.

class Genre(models.Model):
    """Model representing a book genre (e.g. Science Fiction, Non Fiction)."""
    name = models.CharField(
        help_text="Enter a book genre (e.g. Science Fiction, French Poetry etc.)"

    def __str__(self):
        """String for representing the Model object (in Admin site etc.)"""
        return self.name

class Book(models.Model):
    """Model representing a book (but not a specific copy of a book)."""
    title = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    author = models.ForeignKey('Author', on_delete=models.SET_NULL, null=True)
    # Foreign Key used because book can only have one author, but authors can have multiple books
    # Author as a string rather than object because it hasn't been declared yet in file.
    summary = models.TextField(
        max_length=1000, help_text="Enter a brief description of the book")
    isbn = models.CharField('ISBN', max_length=13,
                            help_text='13 Character <a href="https://www.isbn-international.org/content/what-isbn'
                                      '">ISBN number</a>')
    genre = models.ManyToManyField(
        Genre, help_text="Select a genre for this book")
    # ManyToManyField used because a genre can contain many books and a Book can cover many genres.
    # Genre class has already been defined so we can specify the object above.
    language = models.ForeignKey(
        'Language', on_delete=models.SET_NULL, null=True)

    class Meta:
        ordering = ['title', 'author']

    def display_genre(self):
        """Creates a string for the Genre. This is required to display genre in Admin."""
        return ', '.join([genre.name for genre in self.genre.all()[:3]])

    display_genre.short_description = 'Genre'

    def get_absolute_url(self):
        """Returns the url to access a particular book instance."""
        return reverse('book-detail', args=[str(self.id)])

    def __str__(self):
        """String for representing the Model object."""
        return self.title

class Language(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(
        max_length=50, help_text="Enter the book's natural language (e.g. English, French, Japanese etc.)")

    def __str__(self):
        return self.name

class BookInstance(models.Model):
    id = models.UUIDField(primary_key=True, default=uuid.uuid4,
                          help_text="Unique ID for this particular book across whole library")
    book = models.ForeignKey('Book', on_delete=models.SET_NULL, null=True)
    imprint = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    due_back = models.DateField(null=True, blank=True)

        ('m', 'Maintenance'),
        ('o', 'On loan'),
        ('a', 'Available'),
        ('r', 'Reserved'),

    status = models.CharField(max_length=1, choices=LOAN_STATUS,
                              blank=True, default='m', help_text='Book availability')

    class Meta:
        ordering = ["due_back"]

    def __str__(self):
        String for representing the Model object
        return '%s (%s)' % (self.id, self.book.title)

class Author(models.Model):
    Model representing an author.
    first_name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    last_name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    date_of_birth = models.DateField(null=True, blank=True)
    date_of_death = models.DateField('Died', null=True, blank=True)

    def get_absolute_url(self):
        Returns the url to access a particular author instance.
        return reverse('author-detail', args=[str(self.id)])

    def __str__(self):
        String for representing the Model object.
        return '%s, %s' % (self.last_name, self.first_name)


from django.views import generic
from django.shortcuts import render

# Create your views here.
from .models import Book, Author, BookInstance, Genre

def index(request):
    """View function for home page of site."""

    # Generate counts of some of the main objects
    num_books = Book.objects.all().count()
    num_instances = BookInstance.objects.all().count()

    # Available books (status = 'a')
    num_instances_available = BookInstance.objects.filter(

    # The 'all()' is implied by default.
    num_authors = Author.objects.count()

    context = {
        'num_books': num_books,
        'num_instances': num_instances,
        'num_instances_available': num_instances_available,
        'num_authors': num_authors,

    # Render the HTML template index.html with the data in the context variable
    return render(request, 'catalog/index.html', context=context)

class BookListView(generic.ListView):
    """Generic class-based view for a list of books."""
    model = Book
    paginate_by = 10

class BookDetailView(generic.DetailView):
    """Generic class-based detail view for a book."""
    model = Book


"""locallibrary URL Configuration
The `urlpatterns` list routes URLs to views. For more information please see:
Function views
    1. Add an import:  from my_app import views
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('', views.home, name='home')
Class-based views
    1. Add an import:  from other_app.views import Home
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('', Home.as_view(), name='home')
Including another URLconf
    1. Import the include() function: from django.urls import include, path
    2. Add a URL to urlpatterns:  path('blog/', include('blog.urls'))
from django.views.generic import RedirectView
from django.conf.urls.static import static
from django.conf import settings
from django.urls import path
from django.contrib import admin

# Use include() to add URLS from the catalog application and authentication system
from django.urls import include

urlpatterns = [
    path('admin/', admin.site.urls),

urlpatterns += [
    path('catalog/', include('catalog.urls')),

# Use static() to add url mapping to serve static files during development (only)

urlpatterns += static(settings.STATIC_URL, document_root=settings.STATIC_ROOT)

# Add URL maps to redirect the base URL to our application
urlpatterns += [
    path('', RedirectView.as_view(url='/catalog/', permanent=True)),

# Add Django site authentication urls (for login, logout, password management)
urlpatterns += [
    path('accounts/', include('django.contrib.auth.urls')),


Django settings for locallibrary project.

Generated by 'django-admin startproject' using Django 3.2.7.

For more information on this file, see

For the full list of settings and their values, see

import os
from pathlib import Path

# Build paths inside the project like this: BASE_DIR / 'subdir'.
BASE_DIR = Path(__file__).resolve().parent.parent

# Quick-start development settings - unsuitable for production
# See https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/howto/deployment/checklist/

# SECURITY WARNING: keep the secret key used in production secret!
SECRET_KEY = 'django-insecure-k6nhe44hm-a90^cs6**sre$8ajn7u!e735ou4c(1iqk-ga&g!9'

# SECURITY WARNING: don't run with debug turned on in production!
DEBUG = os.environ.get('DJANGO_DEBUG', '') != 'False'


# Application definition



ROOT_URLCONF = 'locallibrary.urls'

        'BACKEND': 'django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates',
        'DIRS': [os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'templates')],
        'APP_DIRS': True,
        'OPTIONS': {
            'context_processors': [

WSGI_APPLICATION = 'locallibrary.wsgi.application'

# Database
# https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/ref/settings/#databases

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': BASE_DIR / 'db.sqlite3',

# Password validation
# https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/ref/settings/#auth-password-validators

        'NAME': 'django.contrib.auth.password_validation.UserAttributeSimilarityValidator',
        'NAME': 'django.contrib.auth.password_validation.MinimumLengthValidator',
        'NAME': 'django.contrib.auth.password_validation.CommonPasswordValidator',
        'NAME': 'django.contrib.auth.password_validation.NumericPasswordValidator',

# Internationalization
# https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/topics/i18n/


TIME_ZONE = 'Europe/London'

USE_I18N = True

USE_L10N = True

USE_TZ = True

# Static files (CSS, JavaScript, Images)
# https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/howto/static-files/

STATIC_URL = '/static/'

# Default primary key field type
# https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/3.2/ref/settings/#default-auto-field

DEFAULT_AUTO_FIELD = 'django.db.models.BigAutoField'

Path templates
------ templates
------ base_generis.html


{% extends "base_generic.html" %}

{% block content %}
    <h1>Book List</h1>

    {% if book_list %}

      {% for book in book_list %}
        <a href="{{ book.get_absolute_url }}">{{ book.title }}</a> ({{book.author}})
      {% endfor %}

    {% else %}
      <p>There are no books in the library.</p>
    {% endif %} 
{% endblock %}


{% extends "base_generic.html" %}

{% block title %}
<title>Стартовая страница</title>
{% endblock %}

{% block content %}
<h1>Local Library Home</h1>

<p>Welcome to <em>LocalLibrary</em>, a very basic Django website developed as a tutorial example on the Mozilla
   Developer Network.</p>

<h2>Dynamic content</h2>

<p>The library has the following record counts:</p>
   <li><strong>Books:</strong> {{ num_books }}</li>
   <li><strong>Copies:</strong> {{ num_instances }}</li>
   <li><strong>Copies available:</strong> {{ num_instances_available }}</li>
   <li><strong>Authors:</strong> {{ num_authors }}</li>

{% endblock %}

It would help if you provided the complete traceback message.



Request Method: GET
Request URL:

Django Version: 3.2.7
Python Version: 3.9.7
Installed Applications:
Installed Middleware:

Template loader postmortem
Django tried loading these templates, in this order:

Using engine django:
* django.template.loaders.filesystem.Loader: /Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/locallibrary/templates/catalog/book_list.html (Source does not exist)
* django.template.loaders.app_directories.Loader: /Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/templates/catalog/book_list.html (Source does not exist)
* django.template.loaders.app_directories.Loader: /Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/contrib/auth/templates/catalog/book_list.html (Source does not exist)
* django.template.loaders.app_directories.Loader: /Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/locallibrary/catalog/templates/catalog/book_list.html (Source does not exist)

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/core/handlers/exception.py”, line 47, in inner
response = get_response(request)
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/core/handlers/base.py”, line 204, in _get_response
response = response.render()
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/template/response.py”, line 105, in render
self.content = self.rendered_content
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/template/response.py”, line 81, in rendered_content
template = self.resolve_template(self.template_name)
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/template/response.py”, line 63, in resolve_template
return select_template(template, using=self.using)
File “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/myproject_env/lib/python3.9/site-packages/django/template/loader.py”, line 47, in select_template
raise TemplateDoesNotExist(’, '.join(template_name_list), chain=chain)

Exception Type: TemplateDoesNotExist at /catalog/books/
Exception Value: catalog/book_list.html

Looking at the most valuable part of that error message:

This list of directories is showing the paths where you’ve configured Django to look for the templates. That template must reside in one of those directories.

But “book_list.html” reside in directory “/Users/nikita/Documents/Github/devsearch/hello-world/locallibrary/templates/catalog/”.

Just curious if you ever found a solution to this. I’m encountering the same issue currently. Following the same tutorial (I’m guessing) I only get this error when I deploy to a production environment. Dev environments work fine.

That’s likely a different issue - either a settings issue associated with your deployment, or possibly a permissions issue.
I would suggest you open a new thread, with the details of what’s happening and your deployment environment.

Ok, I’ll open a new one. Thanks Ken.